The Gay DC Character is a Green Lantern That Nobody Knows and is Also From an Alternate Dimension
The rebooted Alan Scott is gay.
Out of the five human Green Lanterns, the one who is least important, who has nothing at all to do with the recent movie or the current cartoon series, who isn’t even connected to the Green Lantern stories that have become so popular, is the character DC revealed as gay. Not only that, but Alan Scott only exists on Earth 2, an alternate dimension that is completely separate from the main DC Universe.
Why the hell was DC Comics making such a big deal out of this?
They couldn’t have picked a more complicated character to explain to the mainstream media. Alan Scott doesn’t have anything at all to do with the Green Lantern movie from just last year, and in fact has an entirely different backstory; plus he’s part of an alternate reality. If they were really looking for a positive gay role model character, they picked one of the absolutely least consequential characters possible.
I realize that the news initially broke because a fan asked DC a question at a comic-con panel, rather than a big DC press release, but then DC went and milked the reveal for all it was worth. And today they launched a huge media blitz revealing that one of their “iconic” superheroes was going to be rebooted as gay. Now that we know that Green Lantern Alan Scott is the gay character, I just think it reinforces how silly this publicity stunt was in the first place.
More after the jump.
You can read about the reveal at the New York Post, USA Today, the Washington Post, or even The Advocate. None of which are The View. As part of the reveal, Alan is going to get a new boyfriend, who appears to be just a regular guy named Sam.
The reveal is going to occur in an upcoming issue of Earth 2 the comic, which is essentially just the rebooted Justice Society of America, but with a less interesting name. Prior to the New 52 reboot last September, the Justice Society were the elder statesmen of the DC Universe. They were older men and women who were a generation older than the likes of Superman and Batman. They had their fans, I wasn’t one of them. In the new reboot, however, DC is going to take away that older generation angle. All of the Justice Society members are going to be de-aged into nice young men and women, because why not take away the one thing that truly made them unique?
So some of you non-comics fans might be asking, who is Alan Scott? And why doesn’t he have anything to do with the character Ryan Reynolds played in the 2011 Green Lantern movie?
Allow me to explain!
Alan Scott was the original Green Lantern, created in 1940 in the pages of All-American Comics. He also had a magic green ring that could make different shapes, which he used to fight crime. However, his ring was forged from an ancient meteor that fell to Earth. His weakness was wood. Seriously. Superman has Kryptonite, Alan Scott has wood. Alan Scott also had one of the most ridiculous superhero costumes of all time.
I don’t care what fans of the character say, that costume is absolutely hideous. The red, purple and green absolutely clash, and then coupled with that stupid looking cape, the whole outfit just looks silly.
Anyway, Alan Scott teamed up with several other heroes of the time (Sandman, Hawkman, the original Flash, and more) to form the Justice Society of America. They were one of the first, if not the first, superhero team in all of comics. But then superhero comics went out of style by the end of the 1940s and into the 50s, and only popular characters like Superman and Batman survived. So Alan Scott and all his friends quietly faded away.
Then superheroes became popular again in the 1960s, with help from Spider-Man and Marvel Comics. Rather than bring back those old characters, however, DC Comics decided to simply take the original concepts and names and remake them into new versions of those old heroes. So Green Lantern Alan Scott was ignored in favor of the new Green Lantern, Hal Jordan. Hal was the character that Ryan Reynolds played in the movie, who got his powers and his ring from the alien Green Lantern Corps. This new, modern Green Lantern and all his remade friends (a new Flash, a new Hawkman, etc) were very popular, and they are the characters that most people know and remember.
However, DC Comics later had the great idea of saying that the new modern characters existed on Earth 1, while the old 1940s characters existed in a separate dimension called Earth 2. And they could make a lot of money by having the new Justice League of America team up with the old Justice Society of America. And they were right! These team-up books, which involved the two teams crossing the dimensional barrier, became very popular! Soon DC created all manner of different dimensions, from Earth 3 to Earth Prime to Earth Whatever!
If you think this all sounds very confusing, you’re right! By the early 1980s, DC had too many alternate dimensions and it was getting impossible to keep track. So they wrote this big story called Crisis on Infinite Earths, in which all the superheroes from all the dimensions teamed up to fight this giant bad guy who was destroying the dimensions. In the end, all of the different dimensions were combined into just Earth 1. And DC sorted out their timeline to include the idea that Alan Scott and the Justice Society were the first generation of superheroes, and then later came Superman, Batman and the Justice League, and even later were the young heroes like Robin and Kid Flash.
DC had this cool generational thing going for it, which was pretty popular. This lasted for roughly 30+ years until last September, when DC decided to do another giant reboot known as the New 52.
In the New 52, Earth 1 and Earth 2 have been split back into alternate dimensions, putting Alan Scott and the Justice Society off in their own little world. Now in Earth 1, Superman, Batman and the Justice League are the first superheroes instead of having that older generation.
Not being a fan of the Justice Society, I haven’t particularly cared about losing that older generation. Do any Justice Society fans read my blog? And would care to comment on what you think of having your favorite characters altered in such a way?
Anyway, Alan Scott and the Justice Society’s adventures will be told in the new series Earth 2, which I still think is a stupid name. The series just started coming out, so nobody knows how well it’s going to do. Maybe DC’s gamble will pay off, and maybe all of this gay character publicity will help the comic sell more.
Who can really say? All I know is that Alan Scott is a perfectly fine choice to be rebooted as gay. But it was incredibly silly to make a big deal about it in the media. He’s a complicated character with a long history who won’t make an impact on anything of value. He doesn’t even get to hang out with Batman or Superman. If DC really wanted to create a positive gay role model, there were a lot of other choices for characters who are far less complicated and unimportant.
They should have gone with my guess: Vibe!